Dead Cats: Trust?, 11/09/15, (18)21: James Brody



GOLD – Debate & Fox; KRISTOL – Reconsider Ben; HEMMINGWAY – Politico lied.

LEADS: FEDERMAN – Bibi visits; HERALD – Keystone truths; LAST – TX Bathrooms; SVRLUGA – NSA; SHERLOCK – No two-state solution; HIBBARD – Donald on SNL.

END NOTES: STANAGE – Old Dems; KOSTIGEN – Siberian snow; SIMON – Don on SNL.

Janet: “We are about to be screwed again”

“From a news piece on WTAE-TV:

“One new idea under discussion could provide a cornerstone of the cash Wolf is seeking: diverting the roughly $600 million in slot-machine gambling receipts that school districts currently pass along to homeowners as property tax reductions. That stream of money would shift to the state treasury, while negotiators are discussing an increase in the state sales tax to offset reductions in local school property taxes, another concept that is important to Wolf to improve equity in school funding. The new money from a higher state sales tax would replace the diverted slot-machine dollars to schools – and then some.”

“The problem here is not the loss of gambling revenues but the increase in the sales tax to replace them. If the sales tax is increased for this purpose it will kill the HB/SB 76 funding stream and elimination will be dead forever. We will, instead, be given another half-baked “relief” measure.


“In addition, call House Majority Leader Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173, and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377, with the same message: ANY INCREASE IN THE SALES TAX WITHOUT ELIMINATION IS UNACCEPTABLE! DO IT NOW AND PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO DO THE SAME.”


Valley Forge Patriots: November 13th

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2015 6:30 P.M.

P.J. Ryan’s, Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA

Please go to the above web site and RSVP!


Once again we will be honoring our Service Members by joining AdoptaPlatoon’s 10th Anniversary “Holiday Stockings for the Troops” campaign.

Please come and help us with this project.

We are asking two things:  please bring a donation, $10. or more if you can, and please be prepared to write Christmas Cards.

Adopt-a-Platoon will package and send the gifts and cards.

Each stocking/care package costs $31.00.

An entire Platoon of 40 would cost $1240.  We might not get there but let’s do the best we can for these men and women who sacrifice for us and spend the holidays far from home.

VFP plans to become a more project focused organization. We would welcome your ideas and help to move this effort forward.

ACTION ITEM: About 3A.M. Saturday morning the U.S. Senate voted to pass a continuing resolution (CR) approving $80 billion in new spending through the end of Obama’s term in 2017 and increasing the Federal spending limit.  The House passed the bill last week.

Amnesty, Obamacare and Planned Parenthood are still funded, despite Republican election promises.

We urge all members to contact their Representatives and Senators to tell them:

I am very disappointed in your backing down on your campaign promises to defund amnesty and Obamacare and to reduce government spending. I am very disappointed in the continued funding for PP, an organization under strong suspicion of selling baby body parts from aborted and from born alive , then, murdered babies.  Your voting record will significantly and negatively impact my support for your reelection bid in 2016.

Senator Pat Toomey – (202) 224-4254, email at

Senator Bob Casey – (202) 224-6324, email at

Rep. Pat Meehan – (202) 225-2011, email at

Rep. Ryan Costello – (202) 225-4315, email at

November 17th, Pray USA/PA

Subject: Pennsylvania Leaders Calling For Prayer – RSVP Today


Don’t miss this historic event on November 17th at at 6:00 pm EST in Harrisburg. RSVP below! Senator Stewart Greenleaf and Rep. Rick Saccone would like to invite you to the PrayUSA PA event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Prayer Caucus Network and the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. It is part of the extraordinary, nationwide initiative, PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer that was birthed on March 7, 2015 at the LIFFT America Religious Liberty Summit. Sixteen members of Congress and 36 state legislators, representing 25 states, gathered to coordinate an effective strategy to challenge the growing anti-faith movement in our country.  As a first unifying step, in a solemn and historic ceremony, all who were present signed a Call to Prayer for America Proclamation.

Nearly 900 government leaders, 50 organizations and over 130,000 citizens have said, “Yes” to the nationwide prayer initiative launched earlier this year in a strong and determined effort to realign the country with our Judeo-Christian heritage and see God heal this land. Mark your calendar now! Find out more about the PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer movement.


We rally at King of Prussia mall on Saturdays from Noon til 3 starting Oct. 31.  Please try to attend and bring chairs, water, and appropriate signs. We rally on Rt. 202 by the Wells Fargo Bank. We reach thousands of people at that site and now that the holidays are coming we will reach many more.

Janet (

Hada Gold, Politico: “For debate, Fox Business aims to be the anti-CNBC”

“In interviews, moderators Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo vow to stay out of the action

“. . .At FBN, Bartiromo and Cavuto will be joined as questioners by Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker, whom the Journal did not make available for an interview. But Cavuto and Bartiromo said they’re doing a lot of preparation, immersing themselves in every candidates’ position, from previous acts in office to current statements.

“‘There’s a lot to it you have to be up for everything and get your hands on everything, but not to the point that you’re so beaten down in the weeds and details that you lose sight of the bigger picture,’ Cavuto said.

“Then there’s the risk of something entirely unexpected. With many of the candidates lagging in the polls and desperate for momentum, both Bartiromo and Cavuto are well aware that some of the candidates might resort to antics to get attention. FBN will allow more time for answers than at previous debates and will utilize a bell to signify when time is up, which should at least make it easier for the moderators to keep the stage under control.

“‘I don’t think you can be prepared for a comment that may come from one of the candidates that you weren’t expecting. You can’t prepare for a live situation in that regards,’ Bartiromo said. ‘What you can prepare for is insuring you know the issues, that you’ve got the right questions and you’ve got the right follow up and you know exactly where they stand on the important issues.’. . .”

William Kristol, Weekly Standard: “Ben Carson, Reconsidered”

“. . .Consider Ben Carson’s campaign, which suggests organizational and communications skills that would be welcome in the Oval Office. Consider his positions on the issues of the day, which, while not as well-developed as they will have to become, seem basically consistent with a reformist, constitutionalist, American-exceptionalist governing conservatism.

And consider his response to the reasonable objection that one would prefer someone with governing experience. His recent Facebook post answering this objection deserves to be quoted at length:

* * *

‘I would like to deal with one question tonight in some detail. The issue is experience. Several people ask what they should tell their friends when people say ‘I like Carson but he has no political experience.’

‘You are absolutely right—I have no political experience. The current Members of Congress have a combined 8,700 years of political experience. Are we sure political experience is what we need? .  .  . No one in Philadelphia, during that summer our nation was born, dreamed that service was a career with a pension. America was the land of the Citizen Statesmen. They were merchants, lawyers, farmers—and yes, even doctors. They were willing to stand for freedom. Today, the political class stands in the way, not for the people. They demand pensions and perks. This is not what our Founders envisioned for America. I spent my life treating very ill children. Over 15,000 times I gave my all to prolong their lives. I was blessed to do it. But when it came time for me to retire, I simply could not sit back any longer. These children became my family. What our government is doing to them is outrageous. I am prepared to risk all that I have to try and make a difference in their future. .  .  .

‘My experience is very different than what we have come to expect. I grew up poor. I know what it is like to be homeless and hungry. I know the pain of poverty. I also know that education and a mother’s love can be the path out of dire poverty. I know what it is like to see water fountains you are not allowed to drink out of because of your skin color. I also know that once you peel back the skin, the brain is the same no matter what your skin color or continent you live on. I know that victimhood is a trap. I know that it is our Christian responsibility to offer those less fortunate a hand up. I know my faith is strong and my ego is small. .  .  .

‘I do not have political experience, I have a life journey. A journey that not only made it possible for me to relate to so many different people, but also one where time and time again I was told I would fail, only to succeed. My candidacy is different, that I grant you. I have neither Donald Trump’s money or Jeb Bush’s political network. However, I wouldn’t trade a single child I treated for all of Trump’s money. While I admire the Bush family’s dedication to service, I too served—nights, weekends, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries with severely injured patients were my public service.

‘I didn’t go to embassy cocktail parties or beg lobbyists for money. I spent night after night in a quiet, sterile room trying to save the life of a small child. That was my life’s service. This is my life’s experience. What I have is a lifetime of caring, integrity and honesty. I have experienced the American Dream. Nowhere in the world, other than America, could a man whose ancestors were slaves rise to become a leading brain surgeon and one day seek the Office of President.

‘The very fact that I am running is testament to the greatness of America. If all you want is political experience then I cannot be your candidate.’

* * *

“Granted, it’s just a Facebook post. But it does suggest qualities of mind and soul that have been sorely missing in recent American public life. . .”

Also – Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Carson’s late-night Facebook manifesto: Why I have the experience to be president”

Mollie Hemmingway, Federalist: “Politico Admits Fabricating a Hit Piece on Ben Carson

“In a story published early on Friday, Politico’s Kyle Cheney authored a piece headlined “Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship” with a subhead “Carson’s campaign on Friday conceded that a central point in his inspirational personal story did not occur as he previously described.”

“There were at least five major problems with the story:

“The headline was completely false

“The subhed was also completely false

“The opening paragraph was false false false

“The substance of the piece was missing key exonerating information

“The article demonstrated confusion about service academy admissions and benefits

But other than that, A+++ work, Kyle Cheney and Politico.

“It could take all day to parse the problems with Kyle Cheney’s now-somewhat-cleaned-up hit piece on Carson, but let’s just look at his original introductory claims . . .

LEADS . . .

Josef Federman, MyWay: “Israeli leader heads to Washington as spokesman draws fire”

“JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Sunday departed for Washington on a trip that has become clouded in controversy following his appointment of a new spokesman who has spoken derisively about President Barack Obama.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to the White House comes at a sensitive time for Israel, which is still reeling from the international community’s nuclear deal with arch-enemy Iran and a wave of Palestinian violence that shows no signs of ending.

“But as Netanyahu departed for Washington, attention remained focused on his appointment of Ran Baratz, a conservative commentator who has suggested in Facebook posts that Obama is anti-Semitic and Secretary of State John Kerry cannot be taken seriously.

“Obama and Netanyahu have had a strained relationship over the years, and the timing of Baratz’s appointment, which still requires Israeli Cabinet approval, has threatened to overshadow the visit. White House officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, have expressed displeasure over the appointment. Baratz is not on the trip, and Netanyahu has said he will decide his fate after returning to Israel.

“Addressing his Cabinet Sunday, Netanyahu made no mention of Baratz, saying the visit would center on ‘recent events in the Middle East.’ . . .”–israel-us-8136c49fb7.html

Boston Herald: Hard Truths on Keystone

The drama that is the Keystone XL pipeline is over for now. President Obama yesterday officially killed it — after seven years of dawdling — so he could present its carcass as a sort of burnt offering to world leaders in Paris later this month.

“See, he can now say, if the greatest nation on earth can cut the cord to those dreaded fossil fuels, well why can’t the rest of you? And then maybe his environmental legacy will be secure as he closes the Oval Office door behind him.

“Yesterday in his rejection of the proposed pipeline Obama insisted it had taken on an ‘overinflated role’ in the political debate.

“‘This pipeline would neither be a silver bullet for the economy, as was promised by some, nor the express lane to climate disaster proclaimed by others,’ Obama said.

“So having defined the problem, of course Obama erred on the side of pure, unadulterated politics. . .”

Jonathan Last, Weekly Standard: “Why Bathrooms Matter”

“. . . Contrast Fairfax County with the city of Houston. There, the city’s aggressively progressive mayor backed an expansive Human Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) that would have created a class of “transgender rights” (along with much else). But in Houston, conservatives were willing to oppose the HERO proposal on specific, literal grounds: “No men in women’s bathrooms.”

“That was the slogan of the campaign to overturn HERO. And despite the wailing and caterwauling of social justice warriors across the country, despite claims of business leaders that Houston would suffer an economic backlash if HERO wasn’t approved, despite polling that promised the measure would survive comfortably, the transgender law was crushed, 61 percent to 39 percent.

“There is a lesson in this, especially for Republicans. The left is in the process of overreaching on an issue that the average voter cares about, deeply. People might be able to rationalize supporting same-sex marriage by telling themselves that, even if it’s not their thing, it makes no difference to them what gay couples do. But if you’re a woman using the locker room at the gym, it might matter quite a lot if a man who says he’s a woman on the inside is using the shower next to you.

“And no matter how progressive and fair-minded you are, if you’re a parent, you probably don’t want boys who say they’re girls competing against girls in field hockey or basketball or some contact sport where weight and muscle-mass exist independent of deep, personal feelings about identity. Come to think of it, you probably don’t want your daughter being forced to share a shower or a locker room with a boy, either. . .”

Susan Svrluga, WaPo: “The NSA school: How the intelligence community gets smarter, secretly”

“Leonard Reinsfelder’s wife found a note on her car as she was leaving a shopping center one day: “Have your husband give us a call. We think we could use him.”

“There was a phone number, and nothing else.

“So began Reinsfelder’s career at the National Cryptologic School, which functions as a sort of college for the National Security Agency and the intelligence community.

“Reinsfelder, a high-school Spanish teacher with multiple graduate degrees, took the job not knowing what it would be; they couldn’t tell him until he got inside and got security clearance.

“The National Cryptologic School is a school unlike any other. It’s extremely carefully guarded, for starters, with a series of checkpoints to get to class.

“Some of the students’ identities are secret.

“There’s no homework to take home. (It’s classified.)

“No cell phones or computers can be brought inside, so the break areas have a surreal, throwback feel. There are landlines, some secure, for checking in on work. Some are not, for checking in on family.

“And it has a most unusual mission: Teaching people whose jobs protecting the nation require them to stay ahead of rapidly evolving threats and technology.

“The NSA has been sharply criticized in recent years for its efforts to collect all sorts of data, and it also is feared by some; it’s a flashpoint in the debate over privacy and national security.

“[Federal appeals court allows NSA phone data collection to run through November]

“It’s also huge — the NSA is the Washington region’s largest employer. And all those people need to keep learning. . .”

Ruth Sherlock, UK Telegraph: “White House gives up on Israeli-Palestinian two state solution peace deal”

“For the first time in two decades, a the prospect of a negotiated two-state solution is not on the cards, admit White House officials

“. . .Ahead of the Washington visit of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister next week, Mr Obama has made a “realistic assessment” that a peace deal will not happen before he leaves office in January 2017, US officials said.

“The president has reached the conclusion that, barring a major shift, the parties are not going to be in the position to negotiate a final status agreement,” said Rob Malley, Mr Obama’s senior Middle East adviser.

“It marked the first time in two decades where the White House “faces a reality where the prospect of a negotiated two-state solution is not in the cards,” Mr Malley told journalists.

“The admission comes at a time of soured relations between Mr Obama and Mr Netanyahu, who clashed bitterly in the spring over nuclear negotiations with Iran. . .”

James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly: “Donald Trump gives SNL its biggest ratings in years”

“Trump is still bringing the bump.

“With Donald Trump hosting, last night’s Saturday Night Live jumped to its biggest overnight rating since 2012.

“According to NBC, SNL had a whopping 6.6 household rating last night, easily beating the season’s previous high too — the 41st season premiere last month hosted by Miley Cyrus, and with a guest appearance by none other than … Hillary Clinton. In fact, Trump’s overnight rating was 47 percent higher than the Miley/Hillary episode. . .”


Niall Stanage, The Hill: “Dems search for fountain of youth”

Also consider in regard to the appearance of feminism and socialism with age:

Badcock, Christopher (2009) The Imprinted Brain: How Genes Set the Balance between Autism and Psychosis. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Brody, JF (2015) The Moral Strumpet. Amazon.

“Democrats lean heavily on young voters to win elections, but their leading candidates for the White House are 68-year-old Hillary Clinton and 74-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

“The two other Democrats who were often implored to enter the race are Vice President Biden, 72, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 66.

“Democrats are led on Capitol Hill by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) — who are both 75.

“Pelosi’s top two lieutenants are 76-year-old Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and 75-year-old Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.). In comparison, Reid’s expected successor as Democratic leader in the next Congress is a relative spring chicken: Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is 64.

“The age of the Democratic Party’s lynchpins is a sensitive subject as the party prepares for life after 54-year-old President Obama.

“Since Obama’s election in 2008, Democrats have wracked up net losses amounting to more than 900 seats in state legislatures, almost 70 House seats, 13 Senate seats and 12 governors’ mansions.

“That has left Democrats with a seemingly thin bench as the party seeks to hold on to the Oval Office in part with appeals that it is the natural home for millennials. . .”

Thomas Kostigen, USA Today: “Record Siberian snow could bode ill for Northeast”

“There is a theory about snow in Siberia during the month of October: If there is a lot, it can mean a particularly wicked winter in the northeast United States.

“Last month, Siberia experienced record snowfall and the worst blizzard in a decade.

Above-average snow cover in Siberia is believed to affect the now-famous polar vortex and send bitterly cold temperatures to the Northeast. This happens when the Arctic Oscillation, a climate pattern, shifts.

“When its winds are strong, the Arctic Oscillation keeps a tight hold on temperatures swirling around the North Pole. When it becomes weakened, or what meteorologists call “negative,” it allows arctic air masses to creep into the mid-latitudes. . .”

Roger Simon, PJM: “Trump Kills on SNL: What It Means”

“Does it mean anything in the presidential campaign that Donald Trump was a great host of Saturday Night Live, inevitably drawing big ratings?  Yes, it does.  And not just a little, a lot.  But don’t trust me, trust WWWBUKTN, whom I don’t know from a hole in the wall, but who posted the following on YouTube under a video of Trump dancing to Drake’s Hotline Bling on SNL:

‘Trump just killing it as usual. Living in Chicago my whole life I always viewed Trump as some blowhard East Coast clown. I never watched his shows as I think reality television is a joke. All that said I hope he wins it all just so I can see him send out Tweets explaining to the public why a member of the House or Senate voted the way they did not supporting their constituents but the special interest groups that own them. More importantly I can’t wait to see him do the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington as he just kills it live. Have away, do you really want another Clinton, Bush or other clown who’s tied to this or that donor or a guy you know who’s ego alone will drive him to do what’s actually best for our country. I’m not a political shill, just somebody who’s sick of watching the same bullshit (Republican and Democrat) election in and election out with the same results.’

“Me too, WWW…. And I can tell you why.  America is in a deep psychological depression as never in our lifetimes. It’s not just our static economy. It’s everything and everywhere. The whole world is going to pieces,  and our country, the supposed global leader, has this creepy ideologue as president who is not only pompous and boring but doesn’t have a clue how to react to what is going on except to send a measly fifty, count ‘em, fifty, special forces troops to Syria. (Hope they don’t go the way of our Benghazi boys.)

“Imagine what it would have been like in 1941 if Barack Obama had been president.  We’d be speaking German or Japanese.  You pick.

“Now imagine Trump as president, same year.  Game on.

“I think that tells you what you need to know about why Donald Trump is leading the pack for president. We need someone to lift us out of our depression before ISIS starts putting bombs on our planes, Iran starts launching missiles and Europe goes under Sharia law.  And it doesn’t hurt to have someone with charisma and, especially, humor, because, Lord knows, we need a few laughs. . .”


About jamesbrody

Psychologist, photographer, biker, and writer posing as a political activist.
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